Moody, müde, and mnemonics

One reason to love/hate English:

14 ways to spell sh


(via Language Village)

In the first week of class, we talked a little about “favorite words” (and least favorite words). Reasons can have to do with meaning, sound, or in this case, logic (or an apparent lack of logic) in spelling.

Writing prompt:

 Make a list of some of your favorite/least favorite words in English, Japanese, and any other languages you’re studying. Write about why, and if you can, try to choose a visual that helps you explain, and/or make a mnemonic device.

For example, I like the word müde in German. It means “tired”. But to me it sounds a little like the English word “moody” (like 不機嫌 in Japanese). This is a form of mnemonic device, and it helps you remember things.

Like the beginning of the Kamakura Bakufu was「 いい国作ろう!」(1192) — at least for the people of my generation. Research has since found that that was the wrong date. Did you learn 1192, or did you learn a different date, and did you have a mnemonic device?

Another example: one way to remember the spelling of a word like “believe” = “Don’t believe lies.”

Another example: I learned hiragana with simple pictures. 「し」was a girl’s hair curl (so “she”), and 「に」was drawn to look like someone’s knee. (I remember several others, so ask me if you’re curious. 「か」was a particularly creative invention of my teacher.)

moody müde

(from Memrise)


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